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Police: Homeless couple ran meth lab at Vandergrift home of person who took them in

posted Oct 18, 2018, 4:49 AM by Joseph Gray

A man and woman are accused of starting a meth lab in a home on Vandergrift’s Franklin Avenue shortly after the homeowner invited them to stay there because they were homeless.

Kiell Thomas Freeman and Tia Charmagne Klazon, both 32, face felony charges of operating a methamphetamine lab and risking a catastrophe and misdemeanor counts including reckless endangerment and drug offenses.

Court documents say Franklin Avenue homeowner Mary Iverson invited Freeman and Klazon to stay at her home because they were homeless.

Within two days of Klazon and Freeman moving in, Iverson told police she became suspicious of their behavior. She said she saw them carrying numerous garbage bags into her attic, and she later found numerous ingredients and other items there that she believed were related to making meth, according to court documents.

Police arrested Klazon at Iverson’s home on Monday. A search of Klazon’s belongings turned up a notebook containing a list of items consistent with making meth, and products and byproducts used in making meth were found in the attic, police said.

It was not known when or where Freeman was arrested.

Vandergrift police did not return messages. A phone message left on a number listed for Iverson wasn’t immediately returned.

Preliminary hearings for Freeman and Klazon are scheduled for Oct. 30 — Freeman before District Judge Cheryl Peck-Yakopec and Klazon before District Judge L. Anthony Bompiani.

Both were being held in Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.